Our knees are highly important to retaining an active and fulfilled life. It is often only when an issue occurs that we really appreciate the work they do. Because our knees are made of a complex network of bones, tendons, muscles and ligaments, problems do arise when these elements don’t work together in harmony. Surgery is sometimes necessary as the best treatment, however for many cases it is possible to be seen as an outpatient where you can recover at home.
A meniscus tear is one of the most common injuries to the knee. Depending on how severe the tear is, will depend if you require surgery. If the tear is not severe, physiotherapy could be sufficient for you to heal the injury. There are a number of factors that can affect recovery success and timeframes.
Here we explain in more detail, plus cover the main causes and treatments of meniscus tears.
Our knees succumb to vast amount of usage throughout our lives, so it isn’t a surprise that injury and pain in the knee area is common. Problems are generally more frequent the more active you are too, so even the fittest, healthiest people are affected. The longer you leave a knee issue, the more complex treatment could be required so it is important to understand what could be causing your pain.
If you are experiencing musculoskeletal pain or injury, and are in the process of seeking or having treatment, it is useful to have a basic understanding of the relevant anatomy and terminology you are likely to hear through the process. Whilst your doctor will explain in detail everything in detail too, here we cover the basics about bones, joints, cartilage, meniscus, labrum, muscles, ligaments and tendons.